We want to thank all of the wonderful priests that have been here at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox church.
1897-1902 - Father Nestro Dmytrow. Reorganized the parish and under his direction bought the old Methodist church on the corner of Third and Monroe.
1903-1906 - Father Dobrotwor. Under his stay, land for the church cemetery was purchased on the boundary between Watervliet and Maplewood.
1906 – Father Dwulin
1907 - Father Fekula
1907-1908 – Father Joseph Szaplinsky
1909 - Father Bartish
1910 - Father Michael Struminsky
1910-1913 - Father Ilaray Yakimovich
1913-1914 - Father Nicholas Prodan. Took the responsibility to head the collection for funds needed to begin construction of the new church.
1914-1915 - Father Lukavsky
1915-1917 - Father Stephan Podlutsky. In 1915, the parish resolved to begin construction of the new church; on July 18, 1915, Father Dorozinsky, Father Karmansky and Father Podlutsky officiated at the blessing of the cornerstone of the new church. The blessing of the bells for the new church took place on October 24, 1915.
1918 – Father Volodymyr Stech
1918 - Father Nicholas Romanyk
1918-1919 - Father Nicholas Bodnik
1919 - Father Prodan
1920-1921 - Father Joseph Badnar. Was assigned to the Troy parish by the Ukrainian Orthodox consistory, in December 1920, the Troy church sent delegates to the Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. From this time forward the Troy church separated themselves from the Greek Catholic Church.
1921-1926 - Father Yaletchko. During his time it was explained from the consistory that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church wished to remain independent without any foreign influences. Unanimously approved, the new name was to include Ukrainian Orthodox Church. St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church was named. Troy’s parish bonded to Metropolitan Lipkivsky in Kiev, Ukraine, also, in 1924 the youth league of St. Nicholas Church was organized and was the oldest Ukrainian youth organization in the U.S.;
1926-1929 - Return of Father Joseph Badnar
1929-1930 – Father Andrew Ivanyshyn. In 1929 a set of bylaws or constitution was created for the Troy church.
1930-1932 - Father John Hundiak (who later became Archbishop Mark)
1932-1934 - Father Kachyr
1933 - Father Kuryllo
1934-1935 - Father Dmytruk. Under his guidance, construction of the church hall on Second Street in Troy began.
1935-1953 - Father Ivansyshyn. St. Nicholas hosted the 7th Annual Convention of the Ukrainian Orthodox League of America;
1953-1968 - Father Myron Pacholok. In 1954, the “Burning of the Parish Home Mortgage” and the blessing of the newly constructed classroom in the basement of the church.
1968-1972 - Father Theodore Buggan (the late Metropolitan Constantine). Instituted and organized the annual international arts festival and the Festival of Nations. (Click here for the official press release on his passing in 2012.)
1972-1977 - Father Kulish
1977-1981 - Father Oleksij Limonchenko. Our Parish Constitution was updated.
1981-1999 - Father Wolodymyr Paszko. Who was here for 18 hard working years, traveled from Elizaville, NY to Troy every Friday and leaving late Sunday, never missed a single service in all his years here at Troy and was always spiritually uplifting to all parishoners. He and his late brother, Fred Paszko, worked endless hours maintaining and repairing the church, church hall, and helped tremendously with monetary gifts. Under his guidance and leadership, the church was repainted and flourished, with many altar boys serving on any given Sunday. Father Paszko and his family are also responsible for restoring and reopening St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Hudson, NY and for building a church in Ukraine in the village where he was born.
1998-2002 - Father Bohdan Kalynyk. Father Kalynyk worked endlessly to renovate our church hall.
2002-Present - Father Paul Szewczuk who we are blessed to have in our lives. Father Paul works tirelessly for the church and in keeping our Ukrainian Orthodox faith strong.